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Electric Car Ownership Provides Big Savings

October 22 --  With gas prices relatively high, getting around on electric power might be a potential money saver.  "These things are really cheap to operate," said Mark Vaughn, a veteran editor at Autoweek.  Vaughn owns a Mitsubishi EV, which he can fully recharge at home for less than $2. He says many people could use electric vehicles for everyday travel. >>View Article

GE To Set US Record In 2012 For Wind Turbine Installations

October 19 --  “We haven’t released our numbers, but it will be a record year in the US,” he says.  GE also has the four next highest US wind capacity installs including 3.58GW in 2008, 2.54GW in 2010, 2.34GW in 2007 and 2GW last year, according to data compiled by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Vestas is in sixth place with 1.96GW installed in 2011.  >>View Article

Military Vets Press GOP On Wind Credit

October 19 -- A group of military veterans pressed congressional Republicans on Thursday to renew a tax credit for the wind industry that their party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney, has vowed to end.  The veterans, who are all employed by the wind industry, secured meetings with staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and half of the Republican members on the House Ways and Means Committee, among others. >>View Article

Navy Secretary Won't Back Off From Renewable Energy Goals

October 18 --  Almost three years to the day after he laid out plans to achieve energy security for his service, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Oct. 17 doubled down on that promise. Mabus praised the progress the Navy has made and assured attendees at an industry conference that the goals he laid out in 2009 would be achieved within or ahead of the ambitious self-prescribed timeline. >>View Article

The Greener The Economy, The Greater The Economy

October 18 --  Facts can be funny things and the fact is, some people don't look at the facts when assessing the economic impacts of environmentally friendly business practices. There has been an ugly rumor floating around that sustainable energy is bad business. Witness the recent U.S. Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates in which Republican nominees Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan implied that over half the green companies receiving federal stimulus dollars have gone bankrupt (actually three out of 28), or that the funds simply amounted to "green pork." That's not likely. As the AP points out, the stimulus helped create both public- and private-sector jobs. By the way: never eat green pork. >>View Article

Start-Ups Shifting To Clean-Tech Services

October 18 -- Many entrepreneurs who once envisioned their fledgling clean-tech start-ups becoming the next big thing are now downsizing their dreams.  Newer start-ups attracting investor interest have more modest aims than their clean-tech peers of a decade ago. The new batch expect to generate revenue more quickly and cheaply, and are focusing on making existing industries more efficient and sustainable, building upon the clean-tech infrastructure such as smart meters that have become widespread. >>View Article

Falling Wind Price To Spur Gains In Next Decade, Sieminski Says

October 18 -- Adam Sieminski, head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, said falling costs for wind power will make the alternate energy competitive with natural gas and coal, spurring expansion in the next two decades. Sieminski, whose office is independent and doesn’t set policies, said extending a tax credit for wind power, set to expire in December, would help increase use of the power. Even if that tax provision expires as scheduled, wind generation will grow, he said. View Article >>

Green Energy Creates Jobs In Tennessee

October 15 -- One of the continuing policy threads in the presidential race is whether green energy has been worth the millions of dollars the federal government has invested in the technology in hopes of generating jobs and lessening dependence on fossil fuels. In Greater Memphis, at least, green energy technology has generated jobs. >>View Article

Solar Push Could Challenge Georgia Power

October 15 -- Georgia Power’s monopoly is under attack. This year, state legislators considered a bill that would have ended that monopoly in limited situations by allowing companies to lease rooftop space for their solar panels and then sell the electricity to the property owner. Current law only allows power to be sold to utilities, and only utilities can sell to retail customers. The bill stalled, but you can look for it to be introduced again for next year’s legislative session. >>View Article

High Gas Prices Fuel Local Electric-Car Market

October 15 -- A Chevron sign advertising $3.71 gasoline on State Road A1A in Ormond-by-the-Sea might elicit a groan or exasperated sigh from many passing motorists. But not from Caroline Derensis.  "I laugh," Derensis said. "I laugh my head off." Derensis' new car has no use for gasoline. Or oil changes, for that matter. Or timing belts. >>View Article

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